A flight plan for failure

There is a troubling pattern of lax oversight by the FAA that has made the agency vulnerable to fraud, and the public vulnerable to those who mean to do harm.

Globe Spotlight

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With lax FAA oversight, the United States remains an easy mark for terrorists and others who prize anonymity when registering aircraft or getting licensed to fly. So much for the lessons of 9/11.

Patriots 36, Texans 33

Foxborough, MA: September 24, 2017: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fires an 18 yard pass that was caught by WR Brandin Cooks and gave New England a first and ten at the Texans 44 yard line during the game winning drive. The New England Patriots hosted the Houston Texans in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

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Ben Volin | On FOOTBALL

Tom Brady: The politically correct miracle man

Brady, silent on protests, let’s his game do the talking in another great comeback.

Foxborough, MA: September 24, 2017: Patriots wide reciever Brandin Cooks sails across the goal line as he stayed in bounds to make a great catch to haul in the game winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a pass from quarterback Tom Brady (not pictured). The New England Patriots hosted the Houston Texans in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

Observations from Patriots’ come-from-behind win vs. Texans

Tom Brady hit Brandin Cooks on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 23 ticks left.

Ben Volin | Instant analysis

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The Patriots were stuck in neutral on offense, but Brady pulled out a 36-33 win over the Houston Texans.

Tom Brady on anthem protests: ‘Love is the greatest thing we have’

“I just think there’s just a great love for my teammates,” he said of locking arms with his teammates during the national anthem.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was on the sidelines during Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough.

Trump says Bob Kraft can ‘do what he wants’ after Patriots owner’s criticism

Kraft said on Sunday he was “deeply disappointed” in the president’s comments on NFL players.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Jermaine Kearse #10, Josh McCown #15, Christopher Johnson and Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets stand in unison with their team during the National Anthem prior to an NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Protests reverberate around NFL in wake of President Trump’s comments

Player protests were widespread in the NFL’s early games.

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More than a dozen Patriots players either kneeled or locked arms during the national anthem.

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Julie Eldred is arguing that her substance use disorder makes it virtually impossible to control her drug use through sheer will.

Former top city official fiercely denies claims

Felix G. Arroyo, who was health services chief, responded to claims of sexual harassment in a document filed with a state panel investigating the case.

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President Trump’s edict, which would go into effect Oct. 18, also would apply to citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.

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Kushner used his personal account on dozens of occasions to communicate with colleagues in the White House, his lawyer said.


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The committee is expanding its workload in the wake of last month’s Globe Spotlight report.


Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

The data debunk the Taxachusetts myth

Compared with the rest of the country, taxes here are pretty average.

Red Sox 5, Reds 4

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Mookie Betts smacked a double in the eighth inning to tie the game, then scored the winning run on an infield hit.

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A masked gunman entered a church in Tennessee on Sunday and opened fire, killing at least one person and injuring seven others before apparently shooting himself.

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“I have a number of serious reservations about it,” the senator from Maine said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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Lukas Cavar screamed for hours, hoping to get someone’s attention. Bats, salamanders, crayfish and beetles were his only company.


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Witness the birth of the marijuana industry in Massachusetts and catch up on national pot headlines every Saturday.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

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A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

Opinion & Ideas


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The restrictive laws governing beer distribution in Massachusetts need to change.

Confidential tips

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Do you know about wrongdoing that needs to be exposed? Call the Globe Spotlight team: 617-929-7483 or spotlight@globe.com.

Special reports


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In 2016, VA employees filed nearly 2,000 complaints with the Office of Special Counsel — more than the next four most-complained-about departments combined.


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The agency hopes to recruit more than a half-million people from communities that are wary of clinical research.


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The 2018 Nissan Leaf made its Boston debut

The 2018 Nissan Leaf followed up its worldwide Tokyo debut with appearances in eight U.S. cities, including a stop in Cambridge, Mass., at the 22 Annual Danehy Park Family Day where consumers got a first look at this all-new, plug-in electric vehicle. Although electric cars are more common than they were just a few years ago, […]